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Richard III (Fact and Fictions)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  13 reviews
King Richard III remains one of the most infamous and recognisable monarchs in English or British history, despite only sitting on the throne for two years and fifty-eight days. His hold on the popular imagination is largely due to the fictional portrayal of him by William Shakespeare which, combined with the workings of five centuries of rumour and gossip, has created two ...more
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Published September 28th 2019 by Pen and Sword History (first published March 20th 2019)
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Helene Harrison
Thanks to Pen and Sword Books for the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review.

Review - I really enjoyed this book. It's set out in chronological order, looking at some of the questions over Richard III, including whether he killed the Princes in the Tower, or whether he was betrayed at Bosworth, or whether he and the Woodvilles really did have an ongoing feud. Some of the things that Lewis brings up are really interesting and I hadn't really thought about them before, but most of th
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To me, the history of the Plantagenets and the Tudors, is the original story of the Game of Thrones. Richard the III, thanks to stories passed down and to William Shakespeare, is the ultimate villain, hated by all, physically deformed, and the devil reincarnate. Matthew Lewis sets out to educate us all that these stories are mostly just that, stories. Perhaps history simply needed a truly vicious figure, and Richard the III was always it. Stricken with a bad case of scoliosis, which got worse wi ...more
Sarah Bryson
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richard III is one of England’s most dividing figures. Some see him as a usurper, stealing the throne from his nephew and locking the boy and his brother away in the Tower, ultimately doing away with them. Others paint him as a hero, the rightful heir to the English throne, killed by the evil Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth. From such opposing views, over the centuries, a large number of stories have arisen about Richard III. These have become so ingrained within history that somewhere alo ...more
This is a concise and entertaining book describing the life and times of Richard III, drawing on unbiased and non judgemental picture of this king. Matthew Lewis's account is readable and filled with interesting facts and details. The book aims at debunking the myths and trying to reach reasonable conclusions. Nice quick read. ...more
Melanie Stern
If you have ever read anything about Richard III, new or old, fact or fiction, you probably know that Richard was either the embodiment of the romantic notion of the chivalrous knight straight from tales of King Arthur, a victim to centuries of vicious propaganda and twisted history, or else he was a vile bastard, the physical embodiment of evil, entirely devoid of even the smallest redeeming quality, deserving of nothing short of total character evisceration until the end of time. Also, his bro ...more
Heidi Malagisi
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When one looks at the study of history as a whole, the traditional way to look at a person as either good or bad through a combination of facts and fictional tales of their supposed exploits. None so much so as King Richard III, one of the most controversial English monarchs. Fictitious tales, like William Shakespeare’s play Richard III, have been accepted as fact throughout the centuries, but who was the real Richard III? Matthew Lewis, in his latest book, “Richard III: Fact and Fiction”, explo ...more
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I opted to read this book, as I thoroughly enjoyed another of Matthew Lewis's titles, The Survival of the Princes in the Tower (which I highly recommend!). While I did not find this book to be as enjoyable as the first I'd read by Lewis, I'd still recommend it to those with a growing interest in Richard III and/or this era of English history.

As an introduction to Richard III, this book is fantastic. It follows Richard from cradle to grave, highlighting the people and experiences that shaped the
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite being an avid lover of Medieval British History, I never knew all that much about Richard III. Thanks to Matthew Lewis' book, I am very curious to know more. I really enjoyed this book. The details about all the myths and legends surrounding this villainized king are laid out in comprehensive, easy to understand stories, and even a dunce like me could keep up.
I very highly recommend this book to any history lover, and I am eager to read more from this author.
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lewis works hard to be as scrupulously fair as possible in this biography of Richard III, examining all the still hot bottom issues surrounding him from all angles and presenting various facts and theories to try and get past various propaganda to as close as possible the real man. Excellent and solid biography of this controversial king, addressing the issues head on.
Anna Klein
A well researched and interesting showcase into the surviving historical evidence on the life and actions of Richard III. It's not the most readable history I've encountered and sometimes a bit repetitive, but the author's knowledge and passion for the subject shone through. ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was great. If you are new to Richard III and want to know more about him, this book will answer a lot of questions in a concise manner. If you already are a Ricardian, it is an interesting read and a handy reference to the facts. Highly recommend.
Rosie Lee
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read separating fact from fiction
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Matthew Lewis is the author of histories and historical fiction novels about Richard III and the Wars of the Roses. The medieval period is a particular passion of Matthew’s, a passion he hopes to share through his blog. He is dedicated to teaching and discussing this period, operating two history podcasts and providing bite-sized facts to his Twitter and Facebook following.

Lewis has degree in Law

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